California school district spending and test scores

Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,127   Median: $8,234

No API score for 2010 reported for Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High School District

$17,127 spent per student ($6.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Carmel Unified $17,451
College Elementary $17,382
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High $17,127
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High (362.88) $17,127
Julian Union Elementary (352.60) $15,219
Laytonville Unified (365.70) $11,098
Upper Lake Union High (348.00) $10,785
Colfax Elementary (365.90) $8,723
Westmorland Union Elementary (371.20) $8,704
Summerville Elementary (358.90) $8,180
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kashia Elementary $34,144
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High $17,127
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
Manchester Union Elementary $15,470
Mendocino Unified $14,211
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No API score reported

A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12